P0012 LEXUS - Camshaft Position 'A' Timing Over-Retarded Bank 1
P0012 Lexus Possible Causes
- Low or Dirty Engine Oil
- Faulty variable valve timing (VVT)
- Faulty oil control valve (OCV)
- Variable Valve Timing (VVT) harness is open or shorted
- Oil Control Valve (OCV) harness circuit is open or shorted
- Damaged ECM
P0012 Lexus Tech Notes
If the engine oil is clean and the VVT and OCV circuits are OK, replaced the VVT to resolve the problem.
When is the code detected?
After the ECM sends the target dutyandcycle signal to the OCV, the ECM monitors the OCV current to establish an actual dutyandcycle. The ECM determines the existence of a malfunction and sets the DTC when the actual dutyandcycle ratio varies from the target dutyandcycle ratio.
P0012 Lexus Possible Symptoms
- Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
- Possible Lack/Loss of power
- Possible Engine rough idle
P0012 Lexus Meaning
The Engine Control Module (ECM
) controls the Oil Control Valve (OCV) to regulate the intake camshaft angle. As a result of the angle change, the engine timing is advance or retard. Optimizing engine timing will help the engine improve torque and fuel economy, and the exhaust emissions decrease under overall driving conditions. The Variable Valve Timing (VVT) system includes the Oil Control Valve (OCV) and VVT controller. The ECM
detects the actual intake valve timing using signals from the camshaft and crankshaft position sensors, and performs feedback control.